What to do with these 2 servers?
So, I'm back at a school I left a year ago, and in that time, 2 HP Gen8 servers were purchased. These servers are unused at the moment but the spec is as follows:
2 x Intel E5-2690 CPUs, 96GB RAM, 8 x 100GB SAS SSDs and 10GbE network cards.
Obviously, these are amazing specced servers but I don't think they're any real use as they stand.
My thoughts are to take the SSDs out, and buy an MSA2024, putting them in that, along with 8 SAS drives for slightly slower requirement drives (to give us a mix of speed and space).
That way, we'd be able to run virtual hosts from the SAN. So, overall, in a RAID5 config for the SSDs, I'd have 1400GB space (1 lost for parity, and 1 for hot-spare), and then 1800GB in SAS disk storage.
What do people think? Right route to go?
Our data requirements are currently around 800GB but go up by about 30% every 18 months now.